Did Jesus Ever Eat a Dog?

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If I said, “Let’s go catch a show and eat some dogs”, you would understand what I was saying. A thousand years from now, someone might read that and think, How does one “catch a show”, and oh-my-word they ate a dog!!!

Matthew 6:22-23 says, The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good,your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

The same principle applies to this scripture. We take Matthew 6 and apply it to being careful what we watch, or read, or view on the internet. And although be careful little eyes what you see is a great life lesson, it is not what this scripture is talking about.

This verse uses Hebrew idioms everyone knew in Jesus’ day.

If someone had a good eye it meant they were generous.
Having a bad eye meant someone was selfish.

It says when a person is generous their whole body is filled with light.  In Hebrew, the whole body means your whole person. Not just your physical body, it’s your spirit – who you are.

When you are generous, your spirit lives in the light. Your spirit is seen, exposed. It is good, and Godly.

When a person has a bad eye, they are selfish. As a result, their spirit is full of darkness. They are not being Godly because they are not thinking of others.

You could paraphrase the first verse like this: How you give to others shows who you are. If you are generous, you are Godly. If you are selfish, you are not Godly.

Brutal, right?
Let’s do the same thing with the next verse.

It says, If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness. Using what we have learned about this verse, it could be paraphrased as…

If the good you do comes out of a selfish spirit, then your selfishness is worse than you realize.

We need to be sure the good we do is not for our benefit. We should never give out of manipulation or a desire for power. That is not true generosity. It is selfishness.

And selfish generosity isn’t generosity at all.

To read more about this verse, see http://www.studylight.org/ls/ds/index.cgi?a=505

6 thoughts on “Did Jesus Ever Eat a Dog?

  1. This also makes more sense in the context of the whole passage. One of the traps that people reading the Bible get into today is to think that chapters and verses represent complete thoughts. Verses and chapters were added MUCH later and were used as references). It’s much more important to look at paragraphs and surrounding sentences to get a feel for the interpretation (especially when a phrase strikes us as odd).

    In this whole section Jesus is talking about giving and about how we should view our finances. These two verses are nestled between two other passages about our money.

    19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

    24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

    Context is king! :) Great article Janey!

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